A. EVENTS IN BRIEF (click to see details below)


1. Tuesday, April 8: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: David Squires, English 

2. Thursday, April 10: People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Western New York Meeting 

3. Saturday, April 12: UB's Third Annual Diversity in Disability Symposium: Buffalo Pride! 

4. Tuesday, April 15: Engineered for Women: A Career Symposium 

5. April 18, 19: The Vagina Monologues 

6. Thursday, April 24: An International Symposium: The Rwandan Genocide: 20 Years Later 

7. Friday, April 25: Writing Disabled Lives

8. Friday, April 25: disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series 

9. Friday, April 25: Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture Symposium: What is Sex? 

10: Sunday, April 27: Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 



11. Wednesday, May 7: Feminist Research Alliance: Marion Werner, Geography 

12. May 18-23: 12th Edition Summer Conference: "The Ages of Life: Reconfigurations and Issues for Women 



1 .April 12-13: Global Health and Innovation Conference, Yale University 

2. Monday, April 14: InfoTech Niagara Nominations: 2014 Women in Technology BETA Awards 

3. Expires May 3: UB Libraries Database Trials 



1. Gender Institute grants & fellowships

2. AAUW: Grassroots Grant Program













1. Tuesday, April 8: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: David Squires, English

“Pan-American Futures: Muna Lee Tells The American Story”

12:00- 1:30 pm,  207 UB Commons, Gender Institute, North Campus, Free

In 1943, modernist poet and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish began corresponding with fellow poet Muna Lee about a broadcast series for NBC. Over the course of the next year, Lee provided the research that MacLeish used to compose a series of multilingual radio plays dramatizing the history of the Americas. Yet her marginal presence in the publicized project highlights the gendered and ethnic paternalism that often marks attempts to universalize or disembody histories. This talk will demonstrate that, by appropriating Lee’s vision of inter-American cultural exchange, MacLeish’s radio plays model an imperfect future for life in the Western hemisphere after World War II.

Lunch will be served, presented by the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop


2. Thursday, April 10: People Against Trafficking Humans Western New York (PATH) Meeting

3:00 pm in 330 Student Union (UB North Campus)

Julie Palmer, Executive Director of People Against Trafficking Humans Western New York (PATH) will be speaking at. Human trafficking is very real in the United States, and right here in Buffalo. Join us to learn more about what is going on and how you can help make a difference.


3. Saturday, April 12: UB's 3rd Annual Diversity in Disability Symposium: Buffalo Pride!

9:00- 2:30 pm, Center for Tomorrow (Flint & Service Center Roads), University at Buffalo- North Campus,Amherst, NY 14260

This year's Diversity in Disability symposium will focus on advocacy efforts and experts that we have right here in Buffalo, New York.  Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend this interactive symposium to learn more about how disability adds to our diverse world.

Douglas Usiak, Executive Director, Western NY Independent Living, Inc. (WNYIL) http://wnyil.org/,will present on why those with disabilities deserve equal recognition with the rest of humanity in their human rights and civil rights. Every person on this planet has fundamental human rights. Under the 14th amendment of our Constitution, these rights are guaranteed to us in the United States as civil rights.

Douglas Platt, Curator, Museum of disABILITY History, will present a PowerPoint regarding the Museum, its holdings, its history, some of the offerings, such as Traveling Exhibits and educational presentations. He will discuss the Museum's role in documenting the history of Persons with Disabilities, and the relationship between the Museum and the self-advocacy movement.

Please register now at: https://www.ubevents.org/event/2014disabilitysymposium

Registration sign in begins at 8:30 am!

If you have any questions or concerns please contact David Dodge, American Red Cross,  atdaviddodge2013@gmail.com or by phone at 585-297-5665


4. Tuesday, April 15: Engineered for Women: A Career Symposium

11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Bansal Atrium, Davis Hall, North Campus, University at Buffalo, $5 Registration fee

A Career Symposium Presented by Praxair and the University at Buffalo.

This event is all about you. As a woman. As an engineer.  As a person who will be launching a career and seeking a pathway to success.  Please join us for an interactive day with engineers and business professionals who are looking forward to sharing their skills and insights- and helping you turn your education into a career.  You may register for all or part of the day.  Please register by April 8th at http://www.subboard.com/tickets or in person at: 221 Student Union.     $5 Registration includes a copy of the book, Cultural Intelligence.

Sponsored by: The UB School of Engineering, the Office of Student Life: Intercultural & Diversity Center, The UB Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, The UB Undergraduate Academies.


5. April 18, 19:  The Vagina Monologues

April 18 & 19 (Friday and Saturday): The Vagina Monologues is in less than two weeks! Tickets are $8 with student ID and $10 without. You can purchase them at the SBI Ticket Office located on North Campus in SU 221. There are three different performances and they are all in Norton 112. Please click the links for more information about each performance.

Upcoming events will also be listed on our blog: http://nowomanleftbehind-ub.tumblr.com.


6. Thur. April 24:  An International Symposium: The Rwandan Genocide: 20 Years Later

8:30 am – 5:00 pm, 120 Clemens Hall, North Campus, UB - Free and open to public

Presented by The Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Committee

The symposium commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which took an estimated 800,000 lives in 100 days beginning in April 1994. 

It brings together some leading Rwandan survivors of the genocide and experts on the origins, course, and consequences of that catastrophe.

Sponsors: University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, Office of the Vice Provost for International Education and Department of History, Hodgson Russ LLP

7. Friday, April 25: Center for Disability Studies Presents: “Writing Disabled Lives” 
9:00-11:30 AM 280 Park Hall  This event is free, open to the public and accessible.

The panel discussion will include speakers: Rachel Adams, Columbia Univ., G.T. Couser, Professor Emeritus, Hofstra University, Joseph Valente, English, UB  Cynthia Wu, American Studies, UB. Sponsored by: Center for Disability Studies, The Humanities Institute, The Gender Institute, and the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Cultures and Texts UB 2020 Strategic Strength. 


8. Friday, April 25:  disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series: Raising Matty Christian

Showtimes: 3:00 and 7:00 pm, Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street, Buffalo

Reception with Keynote Speakers at 5:00 pm, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo

Cost: $5, free admission for Members of the Museum of disABILITY History.  Movie tickets available in advance at the Museum of disABILITY History and the Dipson Theatre Amherst on the day of the event.

The inspirational documentary profiles the life of Matthew “Matty” Christian (1983-2009), from the town of Canton, Massachusetts, who was born without full limbs and a tongue.  As told through interviews with his parents, brother and several close friends, Raising Matty Christian, paints a portrait of an inspiring young man who never took no for an answer, achieved a great deal of success and set out to live life to the fullest.  84 minutes, not rated.

Reception with Keynote Speakers: Christian de Rezendes, Director and Producer and Paul Plotkin, Associate Producer of Raising Matty Christian.

Reception: 5:00- 6:30 pm, Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St, Buffalo, free to film screening patrons, Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or reservations, call 716-629-3626 or www.disabilityfilmfest.org


9. Friday, April 25: Symposium: What is Sex?
10:30 AM- 6:00 PM
, 120 Clemens Hall, North Campus

Presented by the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis & Culture

Speakers are Leo Bersani, Univ. of California/Berkeley, Eugenie Brinkema, MIT, Patricia Gherovici, Psychoanalyst, Philadelphia, Phillipe Van Haute, Radbound University, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Univ. of Utah. The symposium’s title, “What Is Sex?” figures its topic as a question to which the answer might not be as self-evident as popular opinion would suggest. The speakers will address the tension between “sex” as sexual difference and “sex” as sexual practice—that is, to examine how psychoanalysis might think erotic practice without always framing it via the heterosexualizing lens of sexual difference. The intellectual aim is to generate more varied accounts of gender/sexuality outside the orbit of heteronormativity, and to consider how a psychoanalytic emphasis on sexual difference de-prioritizes other forms of embodied difference, such as race or dis/ability. The invited speakers represent an international and interdisciplinary group who promise to engage these questions with rigor and gusto.

Cosponsored by The Humanities Institute, The Gender Institute, English Department, Department of Comparative Literature, Transnational Department, Romance Languages and Literature Department, The Eugenio Donato Chair (Rodolphe Gasche), the Julian Park Chair (Ewa Plonowska Ziarek) and the Samuel P. Capen Chair (Jorge Gracia).


10. Sunday, April 27:  Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
2969 Main Street at the foot of Hertel Avenue
Registration: 11-12:00 noon, Competitions: 12:00 noon
Walk begins promptly at 1:00 PM

There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and  sexual violence against women.

The event kicks off and ends at Crisis Services, 2969 Main Street at the foot of Hertel Avenue. The route takes supporters down Hertel to Starin Avenue and back again. Competitions and contests will feature activities, prizes and more.

Follow this link for more information, to register or to sponsor an individual or team: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes 2014




11. Wednesday, May &: Feminist Research Alliance: Marion Werner, Geography
"Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Dominican Republic and Haiti"
12:00-1:30 PM
, 207 UB Commons, North Campus

Using data gathered during more than a year of ethnographic work with workers and managers of export garment firms as the industry drastically re-structured in the mid-2000s, retrenched thousands of Dominican workers and shifted some operations to Haiti, Prof. Werner draws on feminist and post-colonial approaches to make sense of experiences of work, unemployment, gender and race in the face of these dramatic global shifts in production.  Free and open to the public.  Lunch will be served.


12. 12th Edition Summer Conference: Les âges de la vie: Reconfigurations et enjeux pour les femmes

May 18-23, Laval University, Quebec, Canada

Les âges de la vie : Reconfigurations et enjeux pour les femmes ("The Ages of Life: Reconfigurations and Issues for Women")

Pour sa 12e édition, l’Université féministe d’été est fière de vous présenter un colloque interdisciplinaire qui sort de l’ordinaire. Sous le titre « Les âges de la vie : Reconfigurations et enjeux pour les femmes », le colloque aura lieu à l'Université Laval du 18 au 23 mai 2014.

Venez profiter d’un lieu privilégié pour l’échange et le débat sur les enjeux féministes. Jetez un coup d’œil sur le programme (ci-dessous)! Les sujets et les angles d’approche sont variés et une large place est accordée aux échanges dans chacune des séances, le tout dans une atmosphère très conviviale. Vous aurez l’occasion de participer à un colloque scientifique, d’entrer directement en contact avec des spécialistes de réputation internationale, ainsi que d'échanger avec ces personnes ainsi qu’avec des confrères et consœurs étudiantes de différentes universités qui partagent vos intérêts.

Le colloque de l’Université féministe d’été est offert comme colloque seulement et comme cours d’été de 3 crédits aux étudiants et étudiantes detoutes les disciplines sous  les numéros  FEM-2000 et FEM-7003.

Des renseignements plus détaillés se trouvent sur le site web, mais n’hésitez pas à nous écrire ou à nous téléphoner (418-656-2131 poste 8930) si vous avez besoin de renseignements supplémentaires.

For more information and a translation, please go to: http://universitefeministedete.fss.ulaval.ca/



1. Global Health and Innovation Conference
April 12-13, 2014 | Yale University | New Haven, Connecticut 
The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, change makers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  Register here.


2. Monday, April 14: InfoTech Niagara Nominations: 2014 Women in Technology BETA Awards

The BETA Awards recognize and celebrate the Buffalo Niagara region's organizations and individuals that set the standard for technological innovation and implementation, workplace culture, and industry activism. It is such enterprising work done every day that feeds economic development and technological excellence within the Buffalo Niagara region.

Great nominations are the lifeblood of the BETA Awards. We need your help in identifying those great companies and individuals who really make a difference.  To be nominated for a BETA Award is an honor.  Whether you win or lose, you've been counted amongst the very best that the WNY Tech Community has to offer.  Below are the categories for the 14th Annual BETA Awards. Click the link to submit your nomination for each category you choose.

The BETA Awards are judged by 8 individuals with no input from infoTech Niagara other than the submitted nomination and follow up info we've gathered from the contact person. This ensures an honest process with no outside interference.


3.  UB Libraries Database Trial

Expires: May 3, 2014 -  Must be accessed on campus

We have two new trials set up via Alexander Street Press good until May 3rd . Please have a look at these collections that offer access to important materials; and, feel free to forward to potentially interested parties within UB.

LGBT Thought and Culture: provides students and researchers across disciplines a multi-content perspective on the LGBT political, cultural and social movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day. Various content types are included:

Papers of key figures and archival materials from local and national organizations; and seminal texts, letters, speeches, interviews, and ephemera covering the political evolution of gay rights as well as memoirs, biographies, poetry, and works of fiction that illuminate the lives of lesbians, gays, transgendered, and bisexual individuals and the community. 

LGBT Studies in Videois a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community. This first-of-its-kind collection features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, transgender issues, religious perspectives on homosexuality, global comparative experiences, and other topics.  

Access them from the UB Libraries trial databases listing or directly here: http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/infotree/trials.asp


1. Gender Institute Faculty Research Grants

For information on the Gender Institute's research grants, fellowships, scholarships, and cosponsorships, click here:http://genderin.buffalo.edu/grants&fellowship


2.  AAUW: Grassroots Grant Program  

Deadline for applications is April 15, 2014

The Buffalo Branch of the American Association of University Women announces the open application period for its Grassroots Grant Program.  Five to eight grants are available in amounts up to $1500 each in three categories:

1.      Individual Projects

2.      Community Organizations and Neighborhood Enrichment Programs

3.      High School Leadership Projects

The goal of the grants program is the promotion of equity, gender awareness and lifelong learning for women and girls in the Buffalo Niagara Region.

Details, criteria and applications can be found at:  http://aauw.buffalo.edu/grassrtgrant.htm




Ecocritical Studies Research Workshop

Landscape Across the Disciplines Research Workshop

Urban Image Research Workshop




Building Talent Symposium

The fall 2013 Symposium, entitled "Building Talent: Women, Patronage and Mentoring" was held on October 22, 2013, bringing together multiple generations of men and women architects to discuss the importance of the client/user to the architectural process and the influence that more women in leadership roles can have on women in the profession of architecture.
Click on the image below or visit our Gender and Architecture page for a full flyer and program.




Speakeasy was a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal of research and creative art, run and published by students of the University at Buffalo and sponsored by the Gender Institute from 2008 to 2012. While all editors were UB students, submissions were written by students from across the country and worldwide.

Speakeasy published innovative essays, fiction, poetry, and visual artwork which concern gender, feminism, and sexuality at their center. Topics included in the journal have encompassed the history of sexuality; women’s health issues; abortion; gender and economics; constructions of masculinity and femininity; the body and representation of gender; and sexuality in art and literature, among many others.


Sex, Gender, Health:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Symposium

This symposium on March 1, 2013 brought together UB faculty and community leaders to provide information, stimulate discussion, and initiate novel interactions, to present sex and gender health research, as well as to discuss educational best practices for incorporating sex and gender health into the curriculum.

Click on the logo below to visit the Sex, Gender, Health webpage.

Buffalo Gardens Symposium

On September 21, 2012, scholars and community leaders met to discuss multiple perspectives on urban agriculture, gardening, food policy, landscape, land management, historic preservation, sustainability, environmental ethic and ecocriticism. To download the program for this symposium, click on the photo panel below.


Gender Across Borders

The 2013 Gender Across Borders conference was themed "Feminisms Across Generations". Click on the graphic below to visit the Gender Across Borders web page.






Film Fest

film fest





Gender Week

For information on past Gender Week events,
visit our Gender Week tab




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